January 30, 2009

Friday Finds

Here are my three finds for this last Friday in January! Where did the time go?

And Only to Deceive by Tasha Alexander
I found this book through the review on Trisha's Library Queue.

Lady Emily Ashton is a widow of certain rank in Victorian England. When her husband dies shortly after their marriage while on a safari, Emily feels more relief than grief. She only married him to escape her mother. Emily then begins to discover more about her late husband through her passion for reading. Soon, Emily learns so much about Philip she did not know and finds herself falling in love with him too late. But she also finds clues in her reading that are unsettling to her and she begins to doubt that Philip's death was an actually an accident at all.

Hard-boiled Wonderland and the End of the World by Haruki Murakami
I became interested in this book after reading about it on things mean a lot.

The unnamed narrator in this book is the last surviving victim of an experiment that implanted the subjects' heads with electrodes that decipher coded messages. This 'Calutec', as he is called in this world, has one main mission: to negotiate between the System and the Factory, who are constantly engaged in high-tech information wars. Murakami interweaves between the conscious and subconscious mind and science-fiction elements to create a work that sounds absolutely delicious.

That Summer in Sicily: A Love Story by Marlena De Blasi
I became interested in this after reading about it on Cariboumom's blog.

One summer while traveling with her husband, De Blasi comes across an old castle in the mountains of Sicily. There she is befriended by a woman named Tosca who recounts for her a beautiful love story between herself and the last prince of Sicily. The story is about embracing life in all of its many forms- both sorrow and joy, beauty and poverty. And besides, any book about the Italian culture I am there for. I had never heard of De Blasi (I can hardly believe it!) and am thrilled to learn that this is her fourth Italian memoir!


  1. Wow! What a diverse trio of books! I'm intrigued by all three of them! Thanks!

  2. The summer in Sicily book sounds luscious! I hope you enjoy the Tasha Alexander books as much as I am!

  3. I cannot wait to slip into these books!


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